Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet Review

Lime Crime Velvetine red VelvetLime Crime is a brand I’ve been meaning to try for years now and I knew that this would be my first purchase once I saw it on the lovely Natalie. Lime Crime velvetines are a bit of a cult product and this colour in particular seems to be perennially sold out on their website. I managed to hunt one down however, and I’m definitely not disappointed.

I have a ton of red lipsticks/ stains so I like to think that my standards are high. Saying that, I think that this is by far the longest-wearing lip product I’ve ever tried (in any colour). The product goes on wet and you achieve opacity with just one swipe.

Lime Crime Red velvet velvetine swatch wet dark skinAfter a minute or so, the liquid lipstick dries down to a super matte finish that won’t budge until you want it to. The swatch I made on my hand endured through washing my face, taking a shower, putting on nail polish, going to sleep etc. etc. Water just seemed to bounce off it so this product is definitely for you if you’re looking for waterproof makeup. It eventually came off with a good waterproof makeup remover and some elbow grease.

Lime Crime velvetine red velvet  dry darkskin swatchThe colour is a blue-based red that is seriously bright so it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted. I decided that I couldn’t wear it without some type of lip liner so I added a dark brown to tone it down slightly. The product isn’t cheap at $20 (exc. shipping) but I think it’s fantastic value for what you get. However, it’s extremely similar to Sephora’s cream lip stain in “Always Red” if you’re looking for a less expensive dupe.

Lime Crime velvetine red velvet dark skin

I love the way it pops on my skin tone (please ignore my unblended lip liner)

Red velvet, like MAC’s Ruby Woo, is one of those reds that will look good on anybody. However, the formula is very unforgiving if you make any mistakes so be prepared to either line your lips or use a foundation/ concealer to clean up any errors.

Also, it goes without saying but there’s no room for crusty lips here! This baby will spill all of your secrets so make sure to thoroughly exfoliate and moisturise before application. The Lime Crime velvetine in “Red Velvet” can be found here (currently out of stock), here, or here and it’s definitely a nice addition for red lipstick lovers of all shades.

Nana Adomah

The Only Shame Is To Have None


Urban decay shame lipstick

I’ve had this Urban Decay lipstick for months so I have no idea why I’m only just now writing about it. This was probably my most worn lipstick all Winter and I see no reason why I shouldn’t rock it well into Summer (makeup trends be damned). “Shame” is a lovely deep burgundy colour thats’ part of Urban Decay’s new(ish) Revolution line. There are 23 colours available in the range

Shame glides on beautifully and has a really nice satin finish that isn’t quite a lustre nor is it a matte. It’s highly pigmented and you get really intense colour with just one swipe. The inclusion of jojoba oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and avocado oil keep lips nicely moisturised and you don’t get that horrible dry feeling that some lipsticks leave.

The best thing about this lipstick though is that you can get more than 5 hours of wear without having to touch up! There’s nothing that irks me more than having to constantly touch up my makeup and this is a huge plus in its favour.

Urban Decay Shame dark skin FOTD

Wearing “Shame” with MAC’s “Vino” lipliner

The packaging is a sleek metallic pewter with Urban Decay’s signature purple on the inside of the tube. The lipstick is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and retails for $22 at Urban Decay or Sephora. This has absolutely been one of my favourite purchases and I cannot recommend Shame enough. 

Nana Adomah 

Lancome Grandiose Mascara Review

Lancome Grandiose mascara

You know the feeling you get when something so incredible simple is finally realised? This is the feeling I got when I tried Lancome‘s new Grandiose mascara. I do makeup as a side hustle and I frequently bend disposable mascara wands in order to access every single lash on my clients. Lancome has so cleverly done my job for me!

Lancome Grandiose mascara swan neck wandI’ve never seen a mascara with a swan-like wand before and this one is absolutely brilliant! I have annoying lashes that grow in every direction and this mascara was able to reach every single pesky one. The innovative design of the wand also forces you to “screw” it out of the bottle (which you’re supposed to do with mascaras anyway) and prevents the pumping motion which cause mascaras to dry out prematurely.

Lancome grandiose mascara bristlesI’m a big fan of small, plastic mascara wands as I feel as though they better grip my lashes so obviously I fell in love with this one. The cone-shaped brush gets at every lash and the unique bend in the wand ensures that you don’t have to contort yourself into dodgy positions in order to get to each lash. The formula of the mascara itself is refreshingly non-clumpy and it doesn’t dry down to that crunchy texture as some mascaras are wont to do. It also gives a really nice lift to the lashes in addition to length and volume.

Finally, the packaging is sufficiently swanky for a luxe mascara and the bottle is reassuringly weighty in the hand. I especially like the suspended Lancome rose at the tip of the bottle.

The mascara is currently available for pre-order on the Lancome website and it retails for $32. I’m sure it’ll be available in stores by next week.

I’m a big fan of Lancome mascaras and Grandiose is definitely a welcome addition to the family!

Lancome Grandiose mascara demo

Picture taken after more than 9 hours of wear. Still going strong!